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Manager of Programs and Partnerships, Race and Social Equity

Manager of Programs and Partnerships, Race and Social Equity

Are you an experienced professional and champion of race and social equity that would like to make a direct impact in the community? Would you like to work for a culturally diverse city, working to eliminate disparities and gaps within the community? If so, we encourage you to apply for our Manager of Programs and Partnerships position within our office of Race and Social Equity.

The person in this position will join the Race and Social Equity team within the City Manager's Office to manage All Alexandria by implementing and managing internal programs and cultivating external partnership to achieve race and social equity in Alexandria. All Alexandria is an initiative that is working to build a framework to ensure policy decisions advance race and social equity for all Alexandria residents. 
These programs include but are not limited to the management of departmental equity leaders, departmental core teams, facilitation and coordination of staff trainers and capacity building opportunities, coordination and communications across departments, facilitation of racial equity action plans, and creation of external stakeholder relationship building initiatives. Additional tasks and responsibilities involve analyzing data, developing curriculum, engaging community stakeholders, providing technical assistance to City departments and other assignments related to the full implementation race and social equity work plans.
A successful candidate will be well versed in understanding structural and institutional
racism, American history, local government operations, policy analysis, relationship building, community engagement, systems and culture change and have a strong understanding of the disparate outcomes experienced by Black, Indigenous, People of Color, and others with historically marginalized identities. Building relationships across diverse groups and within diverse systems will be a significant part of this role.

What You Should Bring
  • You have demonstrated commitment to racial equity and social justice and/or possess lived experience and/or a familiarity with the racialized history of policy in the United States;
  • The ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds;
  • Outstanding communication skills, written and oral;
  • Ability to analyze data and make sound, logical conclusions;
  • Project management and logistics skills - especially with events planning and management;
  • Proactive, self-directed, and able to multi-task effectively;
  • Ability to look beyond the standard solutions;
  • Skilled at analyzing a diverse portfolio of policy related decisions;
  • Skilled in the use of Microsoft Office Suite, especially Excel;
The Opportunity 
  • Manage internal program initiatives and all tasks to support program goals;
  • Management of Department Equity Leaders Program;
  • Management of Departmental Core Teams;
  • Management of Train the Trainer Program;
  • Management and coordination of City-wide capacity building initiatives;
  • Provide technical assistance across and within City departments
  • Provide advice and strategic counsel to support institutional culture change across all departments;
  • Build consensus within and across departments on implementation of race and social equity work;
  • Ability to lead and coordinate equity activities that may include brown bag discussions, town hall meetings, presentations, retreats and training sessions;
  • Serve as the liaison to key external organizations, non-profits, and community based organizations. Participate in panels, taskforces, and other groups as necessary;
  • Develop and strengthen collaborative partnerships with community members, non-profits, community-based organizations, faith communities, schools, businesses and other external stakeholders that cultivate creative approaches to serving and engaging traditionally underserved and marginalized populations in achieving race and social equity;
  • Research national jurisdictions' policies, practices and procedures to inform the local advancement of racial and social equity;
  • Provide leadership and direction to Department Heads, Equity Leads and Core Teams in the development and implementation of departmental equity plans with a focus on communication, training, and community engagement.
About the Department
The Race and Social Equity Office is committed to a working toward a world where we are all embraced for who we are and can thrive to reach our highest potential. Removing barriers to full participation and belonging in life and culture. Equity means promoting just and fair inclusion throughout our city, and creating the conditions in which everyone can participate, prosper, and reach their full potential. The Race and Social Equity Office works with City departments and an interdepartmental workgroups to build a framework, in collaboration with City employees, community members, and other stakeholders, to ensure policy decisions advance race and social equity for all Alexandria residents. 

Minimum & Additional Requirements
Minimum four (4) year college degree and three (3) years professional experience in program administration or any equivalent combination of education, experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.  

Preferred Qualifications
  • Ability to communicate complex concepts related to race and social equity topics in multiple languages. Bilingual in Spanish, Arabic, and or Amharic preferred.
  • Political Science, English, or social sciences majors preferred;
  • Organized with clear attention to detail;
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and deliver work products at a fast pace;
  • Participation or familiarity with City's current equity groups or initiatives;
  • Experience organizing in communities of color or with historically marginalized groups;
  • Experience training or facilitating with multi-racial groups;